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    Red face Compress Avi TV series -> DVD Christmas Gifts

    Compress Avi TV series -> DVD Christmas Gifts
    What are the best compression utilities to squeeze as many episodes possible onto DVDs?

    I've got a Winders box chugging away,
    but my more powerful boxes are running a few 'nix flavors...

    Thanks kindly,
    & Merry Christmas & Hanukah!

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Assuming you want a DVD that will play in a normal TV-DVD player, then you have to first convert them to mpeg2 format for DVD playback. I use ffmpeg for this, as in
    ffmpeg -i filename.avi -target ntsc-dvd -sameq -async 20 filename.mpg
    Then, you need a DVD authoring tool to create the DVD file structures and menus that can be written to a disc which will then be playable in a standard DVD player. If you are in europe and need PAL format, then change the ffmpeg argument "-target ntsc-dvd" to "-target pal-dvd".

    As for how many episodes will fit on a DVD, it depends upon the length of the episodes and whether you are using a single-layer or double-layer disc. You should be able to fit 4-8 45 minute episodes on a DL (double layer) disc.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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